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Can vertical farming grow beyond herbs and leaves?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-20 Tue 09:36
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In the early 20th century German-Jewish scientist Fritz Haber and his colleague Carl Bosch worked out a way to synthesise ammonia, making it possible to create industrial amounts of fertiliser for the first time. It’s said that two out of five humans on the planet today owe their existence to the…

New OEM-agreement for shelf-and-lighting panels for vertical farming

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-20 Tue 09:35
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Senmatic and LED iBond International have entered a strategic partnership for OEM delivery of shelves with built-in grow light to be included in Senmatic’s offering of industrial vertical farming solutions. The new vertical farming shelves are based on LED iBond’s patented lighting fixture, which…

PhD opportunity: Vertical farming around the clock

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-14 Wed 12:58
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Vertical farming involves plant growth in stacked indoor facilities that often use artificial lighting and soilfree cultivation methods. We invite applications to a PhD studentship at the John Innes Centre investigating the impact of the circadian regulation of plant metabolism upon vertical farming. The project will use fundamental science to investigate the role of circadian regulation in the molecules that are exuded by crops into the irrigation systems. This is a BBSRC NRPDTP-funded CASE studentship, based in the laboratory of Antony Dodd and co-supervised by Anne Osbourn, in collaboration with vertical agriculture R&D company LettUs Grow.

The project will combine fundamental research into circadian regulation of the plant genome and metabolism at the John Innes Centre with experimentation in the experimental vertical farm environment at LettUs Grow. The project has the long-term goal of providing benefits to the vertical farming business whilst making new discoveries and the frontiers of knowledge of the daily co-ordination of plant metabolism. The project is likely to suit a student with interests in gene regulation, metabolism and bioinformatics.

How An Indoor Farm Is Redefining Local

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-12 Mon 12:17
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Washington D.C. sits at the intersection of some of the best farming areas in the country. According to the 2017 United States Census of Agriculture, there are over 53,000 farms in Pennsylvania plus another 40,000+ farms in Virginia. Yet, for all of the area’s agrarian prowess, you may not have seen a farm quite like this.

Standing in front of Bowery Farming’s newest farm, located just outside of Baltimore in Nottingham, you could easily mistake it for a shipping warehouse. But, like most good things, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Bowery is an indoor, vertical farming company. Walking into its Nottingham Farm feels a bit like stepping into the greenest library you could imagine. Rows and rows of fresh lettuces and herbs stretch towards the ceiling, where they’re nourished under LEDs and a constant, carefully controlled amount of filtered water and essential nutrients. 

Vertical Farming in a Nordic Context

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-12 Mon 12:12
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The Association for Vertical Farming is part of the “Vertical Farming in a Nordic Context” conference in Copenhagen. The conference will gather industry, policy and academic stakeholders with the aim of increasing cooperation and accelerating the development of the vertical farming sector in Scandinavia.

Vertical farming is an innovative way of producing fresh food close to consumers with minimal consumption of water and no use of pesticides. In Nordic countries, the interest for vertical farming is currently growing and new farms are established at an increasing rate. To further strengthen this production form in a Nordic context, the Innovation Network for Bioresources, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark and the University of Copenhagen are hosting a conference on vertical farming on November 13th 2020. At the conference, you will meet speakers with hands-on knowledge, business developers, researchers and authorities. We encourage vertical farmers, the agricultural industry, the scientific community, policymakers, authorities and everyone with an interest in vertical farming to participate in the conference to build networks and share knowledge.

A look at one of our Pods

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-11 Sun 15:46
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A look at one of our Pods

#farming #verticalfarming #indoorfarming pic.twitter.com/Jn2xgg6Ffa

Posted by AGriTech (TechGri) on Friday, October 9th, 2020 5:39pm Retweeted by Innovation Agri-Tech Group (iAgriTech) on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 6:25pm 1 retweet

CNBC takes a look at the future of vertical farming

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-10 Sat 00:49
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Irving Fain, Bowery Farming founder and CEO, and Hans Tung, GGV Capital managing partner and a Bowery Farming investor, join ‘Closing Bell’ to discuss the future of vertical farming, the IPO market and ByteDance

A peek inside the 'farm of the future'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-07 Wed 08:50
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From the outside, the gray and white warehouse near the corner of Oris Street and Mona Boulevard seems like a thousand other mundane Southern California buildings. But the interior, once completed, will resemble a sketch from a futurist's daydreams. If all goes well, the 95,000-square-foot Compton…

For food and security in the UAE, think local

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-06 Tue 12:32
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Speaking at a recent meeting of the UAE cabinet, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, emphasised the need for action on greater food and water security as a matter of national priority. Sharing his vision for a more resilient and self-sufficient UAE in the post-COVID-19 period, Sheikh Mohammad instructed the Minister of State for Food Security, to explore technologies and international partnerships, to implement practical solutions.

The disruption of global supply chains, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, has caused nations to reassess their vulnerabilities, all across the globe. Before the crisis, the well-oiled machine of global trade had become a reliable source of produce, from distant countries of origin. However, with several primary producers limiting their exports for fear of running out of their reserve stocks of food, nations with limited arable land have had to reconsider their dependence on the global market.

Horticulture 4.0: The Plant Factories For Agricultural Exports

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-06 Tue 01:19
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Twenty five years back, we launched a communications revolution, bypassing the land-based telephony technology. India jumped to move into a satellite based cellular Technology. Today, we have a mobile subscriber base of over one billion compared to 33 million land- based connections at its peak. The low cost of mobile telephony has enabled even the rural poor to take advantage. The same technological revolution, which jumps several stages at one time is required in agricultural sector if we desire to reach and even exceed our export targets..

In the recent past, with every VUCA event such as Covid-19, the most affected economy is rural. Not only migrant remittances dried, they returned home to put an additional pressure on household resources. Rural supply chains have taken a hit and the households further pushed into indebtedness. These setbacks are in addition to the usual cycle of flood and drought. This needs re-thinking.

Optimising plant growth in vertical farms

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 13:33
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In the video below, Lisanne Meulendijks, Researcher at Delphy Improvement Centre, Mike Zelkind, Cofounder and CEO of 80 Acres Farms and Mariska Dreschler discuss the latest insights in vertical farming.  Source: Greentech.

@LettUsGrow: How does indoor farming work?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-05 Mon 03:30
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How does indoor farming work?

How can it supplement outdoor growing?

Find out by reading our latest blog on the different kinds of controlled environment agriculture & how it's used to grow crops: lettusgrow.com/blog/what-is-i…

We love delivering quality crops with pesticides, berry much indeed. 🍓

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-02 Fri 08:47
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We love delivering quality crops with pesticides, berry much indeed. 🍓

Learn more: iagri-tech.com #sustainableFood #verticalfarming #strawberries #nopesticides pic.twitter.com/2dTt1RhJdg

 

Are vertical farms the future of urban food?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Oct-01 Thu 10:43
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Financial and environmental pressures on modern agriculture have sparked new interest in vertical farming. With global population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, competition for land to grow both food and energy crops will become increasingly fierce theguardian.com/environment/20…

The vaults rose up as high as the city walls, bearing reeds richly bedded in bitumen and gypsum. The layered galleries peered each beyond its neighbour to reach the sunlight, and water drawn from the river was pumped through conduits up to the highest level. The topsoil was thick enough to root even the largest trees...

These were the renowned Hanging Gardens of Babylon, as described by the Greek historians Diodorus and Callisthenes, and the earliest example of vertical farming – at least according to Dan Caiger-Smith. His company, Valcent, is taking the concept into the 21st century, recently launching the first farm of its kind at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

Tecnova promotes the development of greenhouses for intensive crops in urban environments

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-29 Tue 09:43
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The Tecnova Technological Center is working with the Novagric, Polímero Gestión Industrial, Alarcontrol, and Induser companies in the Greendomo project to develop an intensive production system for urban cultivation so as to provide consumers with local, fresh, and residue-free products. Tecnova's…

'Shorten supply chains with urban farming'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-28 Mon 19:48
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There are many reasons why a government or international organization may advocate the introduction of urban indoor farming. The association for vertical farming looks at some of the main motivations for bringing agriculture closer to the consumer. While urban indoor agriculture may have seemed a…

Vertical farming is not the answer for all humanity woes

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-24 Thu 08:05
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On the second day of the Vertical Farming World Congress, the speakers really got to the meat of the matter (or should that be to the leafy greens of the matter?). The day was opened with three presentations on market opportunities in the industry, given by Ian Cox of Innovate UK, Christine…

Vertical farming won’t replace all greenhouse production, but it’s more a combination of all of them

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-22 Tue 10:03
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"We have been studying the vertical farming market for a couple of years now. Today, we haven’t seen any new, exciting things I must say, but vertical farms continue to improve. More production systems become high-tech, from greenhouse growers to other farmers. It’s also more about looking at what is…

Berlin-based company wants to establish global vertical farming network

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-18 Fri 12:28
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Infarm, the world's fastest growing urban farming network, will receive $170 million in the first round of Series C investments, led by LGT Lightstone. Other investors include Hanaco, Bonnier, Haniel and Latitude as well as existing Infarm investors Atomico, TriplePoint Capital, Mons Capital and Astanor…

5 questions to answer before starting a vertical farm

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-17 Thu 09:09
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Indoor farming is a science—but that doesn’t mean you have to be a scientist to start one. Plenty of people with diverse backgrounds, from finance and business to hospitality (and yes, agriculture and science) enter the world of indoor vertical farming.

Regardless of your past experience, if you are thinking of entering the world of vertical farming, you need to know what to expect. As a starting point, here are five questions to ask yourself before seriously considering launching a vertical farm.

Vertical farming to shape food future

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-16 Wed 08:58
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500Foods shared this story from HD.com. The first Vertical Farming World Congress will be held online from 22nd to 24th September, bringing together the sector’s top minds and businesses, who believe the coronavirus pandemic will accelerate the industry’s inevitable growth. With the theme ‘Shaping Food’s Future’, the event is sponsored by LED…

Is vertical farming the future of herb cultivation?

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-27 Thu 09:28
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Berjelle van Namen’s roots lie primarily in mushroom cultivation. His father, Johan, has a farm on the banks of the Maas river in the Netherlands. Yet, a few years ago, Berjelle decided to add herb cultivation. Not in a greenhouse or in full soil; in a converted mushroom cultivation cell. The room is illuminated…

A focus on new kinds of vertical farming applications

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-26 Wed 11:05
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Netled and a Polish agritech start-up, Vertigo Farms have announced a new technology partnership. Vertigo Farms will use Netled’s Vera vertical farming technology in its indoor growing projects. The collaboration has already started, and the goal is to have the first plants growing at the beginning of…

Plant nutrients and food quality in vertical farming

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-25 Tue 09:11
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Kristian Holst Laursen, University of Copenhagen, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences will talk about plant nutrients and food quality in vertical farming at the online vertical farming conference, October 8 from 10:00 - 14:30 CEST.  In vertical farming, plants are often grown hydroponically or…

'Vertical farming costs will keep going down'

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-17 Mon 07:53
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Our plan is to supply our large operation with 100% renewable energy. AgroUrbana has three different approaches to it: one being, a solar farm with a combination of panels on the roof and on the ground. Secondly, a combination of powers on the roof and a power purchase agreement from a generator, coming…

Bayer invests in vertical farming with focus on seeds

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Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 23:21
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Vertical farming, the bastion of tech start-ups, has attracted the attention of global company Bayer AG, with plans to develop vegetable varieties suited to that indoor farming model.

Leaps by Bayer, the Bayer AG “impact investment arm,” and Temasek, an investment company headquartered in Singapore, have formed Unfold to target innovation of vegetable varieties designed for vertical farms. according to a news release.

Led by CEO John Purcell, Unfold will be a U.S. company in the Davis, Calif., area. The company will have commercial research and development operations in California and Singapore. 

Unfold raised $30 million in the initial funding round and entered into an agreement for certain rights to germplasm from Bayer’s vegetable portfolio, according to the release.

Purcell said Unfold will focus on investment in germplasm and research on crop growth models best suited for vertical farming.

“As a company fully focused on the vertical farming industry, Unfold will combine leading seed genetics with the best ag tech experts in order to dramatically advance productivity, flavor and other consumer preferences,” Purcell said in the release. 

Innovation that offers sustainable solutions for agriculture is one of the 10 areas of engagement and investment that Leaps by Bayer is focused on, Jürgen Eckhardt, head of Leaps by Bayer, said in the release.